The gatekeeper series
ofthe Natural Resources Group at IIED is produced by theSustainable Agriculture, Biodiversity and Livelihoods Programme. The series aims tohighlight key topics in the field ofsustainable natural resource management. Each paperreviews a selected issue ofcontemporary importance and draws preliminary conclusions fordevelopment that are particularly relevant for policymakers, researchers and planners.References are provided to important sources and background material. The series ispublished three times a year and is supported by the Swedish International DevelopmentCooperation Agency (Sida), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)and the Rockefeller Foundation. The views expressed in this paper are those oftheauthor(s), and do not necessarily represent those ofthe International Institute forEnvironment and Development (IIED), Swedish International Development CooperationAgency (Sida), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the RockefellerFoundation, or any oftheir partners.
Dr Nira Ramachandran
is currently a consultant with UNICEF India. Her researchinterests include food security, gender and development, and child work. She can be contactedat firstname.lastname@example.org
Underfed,Underpaid and Overlooked:Women,the Key to Food Security in South Asia
1.This article is published with the kind permission of the author and UNU-WIDER and was originally prepared within theproject on
Hunger and Food Security:New Challenges and New Opportunities
,directed by Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis.Theproject was carried out in collaboration with the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and the Food andAgriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).A revised version of the paper is published in
Food Insecurity,Vulnerability and Human Rights Failure
edited by Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis,Shabd S.Acharya and Benjamin Davis,publishedby Palgrave Macmillan,Basingstoke,Hampshire and New York.